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Published November 22nd 2017
A basket filled with love
Christmas, as we know, is a time for giving. It is a wonderful time to reflect on the year and find gratitude for all the great things in your life. It is also a time to consider how to make the season truly meaningful. What better way to get into the spirit of giving this Christmas than by helping someone in need over the holiday period?
Since 1995, the Sydney Basket Brigade has had a mission each Christmas "To change people's lives one basket at a time".
Volunteers making cards for the Christmas Baskets - Image Courtesy of the Sydney Magic Foundation Basket Buddies Facebook page
The Sydney Basket Brigade is part of the Magic Moments Foundation, a national non-profit, non-religious, non-political organisation run by a team of big-hearted volunteers.
The Sydney Basket Brigade works with local grassroots community organisations to ensure the baskets reach the families and individuals most in need. This year, they are gearing up to deliver over 2,000 baskets to those who would otherwise go without a Christmas.
Annick Kinsella, the Coordinator of the Sydney Basket Brigade says "It is the time and energy that our incredible community dedicate and the support that they provide which makes everything we do possible".
Donated items for the Christmas Baskets - Image courtesy of the Magic Foundation Facebook Page
The Basket Brigade is all about giving back at Christmas. The volunteers focus on helping those who have fallen on hard times or those who might need to be reminded that someone cares about them. They're about making sure that Christmas is full of love for everyone.
The annual appeal is a wonderful event where the community can come together to donate gifts of food, clothes, toys, books, vouchers or money to those in need. Volunteers then gather on packing day at the warehouse in Chullora to collate the items and fill the gift baskets.
The baskets are all given anonymously. A card and small handwritten note are included in the parcel that lets the receiver know the basket is a gift from someone that cares, all that is asked in return is that they do same when the day comes and they are able to.
Volunteers sorting and wrapping gifts for the Christmas Baskets - Image Courtesy of the Sydney Basket Brigade Facebook page
This year, the Sydney Basket Brigade is also running a new program called Basket Buddies. The aim is to build a community of volunteers across Sydney who are willing to add extra items to their grocery shop to fill a basket for a family in need, which includes an unwrapped present for a child of any age.
Volunteers can personalise and decorate their basket with paint, beads, ribbons, paper and pictures to make it look and feel extra special and add a card with the Basket Brigade's special message.
If you would like to join the team of Basket Buddies and support the drive this year, you can collate a basket/box of your own and arrange to drop off it off at locations around Sydney over the weekend of 2 and 3 December 2017.
Please click here for all the details of the specific items to purchase. In Sydney, you can choose from the following drop off locations:
Companies who are able to donate bulk quantities of items for the baskets can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know what you're able to donate. Tax receipts for goods are available.
So why not get into the true Christmas spirit and become Basket Buddy this Christmas!